An Indonesian maid has been sentenced to be jailed for 12 years for culpable homicide not amounting to murder of her employer’s 16 year old daughter. Tuti Aeliyah, 30, was verified by medical professionals to be severely depressed with psychotic symptons at the time of the act. The High Court judge Woo Bih Li accepted the explanation that her mental conditions were behind the killing and said he sympathized with her mental conditions.

Photo by Mitsueki
Photo by Mitsueki

The incident happened in November 2013 where in a HDB flat Block 856B at Tampines Street 82. The Indonesian maid first stabbed her employer’s daughter, Shameera Basha Noor Basha, in her sleep then strangled her to death with her school pinafore between 7am and 1pm on that fateful Thursday.

Tuti has been with the family for over a year but according to the neighbours, she always looked stressed out and skinnier than when she first joined the family. A resident who lived next block then found Tuti pacing back and forth along the common corridor a week before the killing happened.

However there were no findings of maid abuse after she was arrested.